Decanter Nov-2018

Published by TI Media Limited The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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1 min
high sands, mclaren vale

High Sands vineyard covers 1.7ha in South Australia’s McLaren Vale and was established by Yangarra Estate, part of the Jackson Family Wines company since 2001. These are old Grenache bush vines, planted in 1946, and their yellow foliage marks the end of the growing season. McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean climate and High Sands’ Grenache wines are typically fruit-forward with soft tannins and strong acidity. Situated at the top of an ancient dune, High Sands is named for its deep sandy soils that provide good drainage. Unusually, the sand here is almost 100% silica, meaning that it was formed inland rather than by oceanic influences. Towards the horizon the Willunga escarpment stretches north to the Onkaparinga River National Park.…

2 min
john stimpfig

THIS MORNING, I switched on my radio and heard the depressing headline news that another major study (published in The Lancet and looking at drinkers in 195 countries over 26 years), has concluded that there are ‘no safe levels for drinking alcohol’. This clearly can’t be dismissed; but is it the whole story? Not according to Oxford University evolutionary psychologist, Professor Robin Dunbar. In contrast to The Lancet report, Dunbar firmly believes that responsible, social drinking is a positive boon for both individuals and society. ‘Primate social groups rely on “bondedness” to maintain social coherence,’ he explains. ‘And for humans, this is where a shared bottle of red wine plays a powerful role. It could be the secret of a long and happy life.’ It’s not just the loosening of inhibitions. More…

3 min
a month in wine

Moueix family divests 20% Petrus share THE BORDEAUX RUMOUR mill went into overdrive in September after French magazine La Revue du Vin de France reported that the Moueix family, owners of Château Petrus, had sold a 20% stake in the Pomerol powerhouse. Financial newspaper Les Echos named the buyer as Alejandro Santo Domingo, a Colombian-American financier and philanthropist ranked at 499 on Forbes’ The World’s Billionaires list in 2018 and carrying a personal fortune of US$4.3 billion (at time of going to press). Santo Domingo is on the board of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and is married to Lady Charlotte Wellesley, daughter of the 9th Duke of Wellington. His family are also shareholders at Budweiser brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev. The paper quoted Jean Moueix as saying that the deal had been done…

1 min
in brief

A new Welsh and English whisky trail has been launched by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), which has mapped 19 distillers across the two British nations. A continuing craft spirits boom means there are now 315 distilleries in the UK – more than double the number recorded five years ago, according to WSTA chief executive Miles Beale. Hedonism Wines in Mayfair has sold a rare imperial three-quarter gallon bottle of Massougnes 1805 Cognac for more than £200,000. It was originally acquired 20 years ago from Marie-Antoinette des Allées, Comtesse de la Bourdelière, whose family owned the former Cognac-producing estate. English wine producer Chapel Down has announced plans to create the UK’s ‘largest vineyard’ in an effort to satisfy anticipated demand over the next 25 years. The company will…

3 min
around the wine world

Decanter welcomes former Wine Society CEO as MD Robin McMillan, formerly CEO of The Wine Society, began his new role as Decanter’s managing director on 10 September. McMillan will ensure the continued strong performance of the 43-year-old wine brand, as well as accelerating its international growth across key business areas such as Decanter magazine, online Decanter Premium, events and awards. McMillan spent six years as CEO of The Wine Society in the UK, during which time membership grew by more than 25,000 to stand at 140,000, the society said. Prior to joining The Wine Society, McMillan had been chief operating officer at Berry Bros & Rudd, one of the UK’s oldest wine merchants. ‘Having worked with two iconic British wine brands over the last 20 years I am delighted to be joining a third,…

3 min

David vs Goliath YES, MANY SMALLER Champagne growers ‘are dying out’ (‘Letter of the Month’, October 2018). Tyson Stelzer (August 2018) is right. Champagne consumption in France is falling every year. Many of these growers realise they have no option but to stop selling their (often mediocre) wines. They decide to sell their grapes to the houses, who offer a great price per kilo – and pay soon after the harvest. But it’s primarily the nondescript growers who are suffering. When it comes to Champagne growers there are, as the French say, ‘deux vitesses’. There are growers who are ‘dying out’ and there are ‘wonder boys’ – ambitious and zealous, artistic and disciplined. They do a great job in the vineyard and in the cellar. Their names – Francis Egly, Pierre Larmandier,…